A Valentine Picnic | 5 Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas

January 30, 2017

Inexpensive and creative Valentine’s Day ideas to celebrate love on a budget! 

I skipped my ranch life post yesterday because I knew I would be posting this today, which is a bit of ranch life and a bit of creativity combined. I was absolutely thrilled when Summer from SheLeavesALittleSparkle asked me to participate in her 5 Ways to Wine & Dine Your Valentine blog hop. Together with some of my favorite blogging friends {French Country Cottage, Randi Garrett Design, SheLeavesALittleSparkle, Kelley Nan} we’re sharing some of our favorite inexpensive and creative Valentine’s Day ideas to wine & dine your sweetheart. 

If you’re visiting from Kelley’s blog, welcome! My name is Chloe, I am a city girl relocated to a cattle ranch in northern California. I share DIY ideas and recipes, as well as the story of renovating our farmhouse.

If you’re starting out here on Boxwood, be sure to hop over to Randi Garrett’s site next, then on to My French Country Cottage, SheLeavesALittleSparkle, and on to Kelley Nan

I have always loved Valentine’s Day, and love to make extra special gifts during the month of February. This past weekend, I headed up to help Greg feed the cows, and decided to pack a picnic for after feeding. I filled my picnic basket with hot coco, heart shaped sandwiches, chocolates from the General Store, cookies, blankets, and lots of love.

The night before, I used a cookie cutter to make my heart shaped sandwiches – PB&J for Greg, and goat cheese & jelly for me. You could even use individual alphabet cookie cutters to make xo or love sandwiches, this doesn’t cost a thing, but makes the meal/snack so much more special. It’s one of my favorite ways to turn something ordinary into something treasured. This works with fruit, deli cuts, and brownies too!  

I realized that I had a stick of butter in the fridge, and made a batch of quick oatmeal cookies – which are Greg’s favorite. Again, this wasn’t expensive, but knowing that they are his favorite, I knew they would be appreciated. Making your loved one’s favorite meal for them on Valentine’s Day says I love you without you having to spend very much money. 

I grabbed a bottle of grapefruit soda and wrapped it up with some “I love you” kraft paper, and packed some homemade hot coco mix with a carafe of warm milk (which stayed warm all morning…unlike my toes), and our two favorite mugs. I like making my own coco mix (which also makes for a great gift), because I know exactly what’s in it, it’s far less expensive, and I can customize it however I like! 

Homemade hot coco

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder 
  • Optional: pinch of salt, cinnamon, or nutmeg

Sift together ingredients and pour into a small glass jar. When ready to use, mix with warm milk until you are satisfied with the flavor. Enjoy!

At first, Greg wasn’t all that excited about our picnic, but afterwards, we both agreed that it was a beautiful afternoon together. Even though we didn’t celebrate on Valentine’s Day, we loved taking the time to eat our heart shaped sandwhiches and enjoy a quiet moment after feeding. 

My Valentine’s Day picnic cost probably about $5 when you factor in the ingredients, but taking the time to add little details made it memorable and special. I know Valentine’s Day often gets a bad wrap for being a silly holiday, but I think you can celebrate love whenever you feel like it, for very little money. It doesn’t have to be a ‘Hallmark Holiday’, you can create your own memories and traditions that don’t cost a thing. 

Thank you so much for being here today! I hope you’ll head over to Randi Garrett Design to see what she’s got planned for our Valentine’s Day blog hop! 

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  1. You two make an adorable couple. I liked the ideas of enjoying valentine day with your partner. I would like to add having a meal specially made on your own can do wonders on this lovely day.